If how a month begins is any indication of what kind of month to expect, then right from the get go there'll be no doubt you've moved into the most romantically charged months of the year. That was always going to be the case with lucky Jupiter, after an almost yearlong visit finally moving into his last full month in your romantic sector, not to return until 2026. It's not even that you've have Venus, planet of love on board from the 19th July, the Sun from the 23rd July and Mercury just a day later, with Venus returning for a double dip visit on the 1st August and Mars returning just days later that makes this the month where everything comes together, nor does it explain the auspicious start. What stamps this month as something special is an alignment between Venus and Jupiter, the planets of love and luck in your romantic sector on the 1st/2nd July. Normally this would be a once in a decade occurrence, having to wait until 2026 for a repeat, but you'll only have to wait a month, with the two coming together again early next month. While Jupiter won't leave your romantic sector until the 11th August, from the get go it's clear that the love gods are making the 1st July the point where the real romantic crusade begins. The only danger this month is that this might over shadow Mercury's final days in your communication sector, for until leaving on the 9th July he's giving your relationships a voice and a path to continue on.
As you move into July there is nothing to suggest that this is destined to be a game changing month for romantic matters or how extreme what this opens the door to is destined to become and why should you, it's not usually until August that you come under any romantic influence? In short, you have a month that comes disguised as a very ordinary month as far as money matters are concerned and with Saturn having retrograded back into your relationship sector last month, it's your relationships that will steal your attention. Yet the love gods will be happy to wait their turn giving the relationship gods space to let this powerful relationship review find its feet, with a lot of support from the Sun in your communication sector until the 23rd July and Mercury, planet of communication from the 9th July to the 24th July. With the doors open to second chances on the relationship front, but also to a need to deal with old issues, the focus in this first full month is on having the communication lines open. With the Sun on especially good terms with Saturn on the 21st/22nd July and Mercury on the 23rd July, it's in their final days that a communication and/or relationship breakthrough is likely, by which point romantic forces will have become tired of waiting and will have unleased something special. It all changes on the 19th July when, within the space of just a few hours first Venus and then the Moon return to your romantic sector, setting off a chain of events that will have a ripple effect over the coming months and year, right through to May 2017. Venus' retrograde turn on the 25th July, just 6 days after arriving, is your first clue that this is anything but a typical visit and while she'll retrograde back out on the 1st August, what she's doing is preparing the way for lucky Jupiter's return early next month.
The most important feature about July isn't what is happening or what is here and what isn't, which is that you no longer have Saturn in your relationship sector, having left on the 15th June. Just as you moved into the final week of your birthday month this saw the personal and/or relationship tensions of recent months drop off, while at the same time putting the relationship issues you've had to deal with on hold. This doesn't mean you can get away with sticking your head in the sand or letting relationship matters unravel, not with the hard task master of the cosmos returning in September to test how you've managed on your own, but they are no longer in your face and the tension to deal with things is gone. Instead what you have is a massive amount of support to keep the communication lines open, for this is when you're able to deal with relationship matters on your terms, in your own time frame and in your own way. Where Saturn has brought relationship issues out in the open the key to not only resolving things but using this as the foundation for strong and authentic connection, is communication, for which you've got plenty of support. With lucky Jupiter spending his last full month in your communication sector Venus, planet of love here until the 19th July but then retrograding back in on the 1st August, the Sun returning on the 23rd July and Mercury, planet of communication on the 24th July, this is where the love gods are directing almost all their attention. The Moon will spend the early hours of the month in your relationship sector, returning on the 27th July to the 29th July, making these the most important days of the month for ensuring the communication lines are open. Matters of the heart seem to have their own support system, with things ticking away of their own volition.
There are some big developments on the romantic and relationship fronts this month, but they all seem connected to the past or at least that will be the case until Venus returns to your communication sector on the 19th July. However, even then on the 25th July, just 6 days after arriving and beginning her mission to give your heart and relationships a voice she too will turn retrograde, providing some powerful support for Pluto, in retrograde motion in your relationship sector and at the same time bringing a taste of things to come. Back to the start of the month you'll find that while July is always about new beginnings, with your birthday month opening the door to a new solar year and the journey ahead, that the love and relationship gods all have their focus on the road behind. During the 16 years that Pluto will spend in your relationship sector, from 2008 to 2024, he will always spend from April to September in retrograde motion, so this is a time of year that your relationship focus is for now always on the past. Therefore a Full Moon on the 2nd July is likely to bring old relationship issues and matters to a head, while holding the door open to second chances. The real wildcard is that you also have Saturn in retrograde motion in your romantic sector, with the biggest surprise being that he's here at all. After just over 2 years in your romantic sector Saturn left on Christmas Eve, but last month retrograded back in for a double dip visit. Due to turn direct early next month this is Saturn's only full month in retrograde motion and the only month all year where major forces on the romantic and relationship fronts are both in retrograde motion, with the focus on the past, second chances and an opportunity to lay old ghosts to rest. Both will benefit from Venus' return to your communication sector on the 19th July where she'll begin a campaign to give your heart and relationships a voice.
Moving into July with Venus, planet of love in your sign is not that uncommon but it is not the norm, having last happened in 2013 and before that in 2010. With the Sun not returning until the 23rd July, what this is doing is giving your heart a say in what you want from your new solar year before it even begins, while giving romantic forces are a jump start. Venus will normally spend just under 4 weeks in your sign each year, fuelling your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for the coming year. However, having returned on the 6th June, by the time you move into the new month Venus should have already left or should be in her final days, but she's a planet on a mission. While Venus will leave on the 19th July it will only be for 13 days, turning retrograde just 6 days after leaving and then arriving back for a double dip visit on the 1st August, this time staying until the 9th October. While this is giving the planet of love a longer period to work with you to define your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for the coming year, she's also keeping the romantic flame burning while Saturn is gone from your romantic sector, from the 16th June to the 18th September. While Venus will often return to your sign at some point during July, there will always be a romantic quality to the month at some stage but what is less the norm, or at least that has been the case since Neptune ended a long visit to your relationship sector in 2012, is for there to be any focus on your relationships. Yet with Ceres making her first visit to your relationship sector in 4 years and spending the whole month in retrograde motion, your relationships not only have an advocate but the doors will remain open to second chances all month.
There is an almost total nostalgic whitewash this month, something that will shift for a few brief days before deepening even further. This has become the norm over recent years or at least it has been since Pluto returned to your romantic sector in 2008 and a series of major planets began moving through your relationship sector in 2003 and even more so since dreamy Neptune returned in 2012. What makes this time of year so nostalgic is that during Pluto's time in your romantic sector, from 2008 to 2024, he'll spend from April to September each year in retrograde motion while Neptune, in your relationship sector from 2012 to 2026, will spend from June to November of each year in retrograde motion, with July the first full month where all the romantic and relationship forces are focused on the past. What has made this even more nostalgic or has at least brought this forward, is that you'll also move into the month with Venus, planet of love in a nostalgic part of your chart, intensifying a sense of romantic nostalgia as she and dreamy Neptune take your heart on a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane. While Venus' return to your sign on the 19th July will see some of that romantic nostalgia break it won't be for long, for just 6 days later she too will turn retrograde, putting every single love god on duty in retrograde motion, with the doors opening to second chances on the romantic and relationship fronts. What sets this year apart is that Venus will retrograde back into a nostalgic part of your chart on the 1st August where she'll stay until October, with the focus on the past and a sense of romantic nostalgia staying in effect for months to come. The doors are not only opening to second chances on the romantic and relationship fronts they're staying open.
This is not a time of year when there is usually a lot of focus on relationships, with just enough support from Uranus to keep things ticking over. In your relationship sector from 2011 to 2019 Uranus will always spend from July to December in retrograde motion, with his retrograde turn on the 26th July now part of the annual pattern, with a chance to move into a powerful relationship review phase. Over the last few years this has spelled trouble, due to the tough aspects that Uranus formed with other planets, notably Pluto. Yet all that has changed over recent months and Uranus and your relationships are getting a huge amount of support from Venus and Jupiter in your friendship sector, creating an auspicious month for friendship and relationship building, but also from the chance you've had over recent months for a communication breakthrough. While Saturn left your communication sector last month, having spent nearly 6 months working to get the communication lines open and over recent months to address old issues, this is when you get to enjoy the benefits. While this will see the doors open to second chances and a relationship review period from the 26th July, a sense of romantic nostalgia will remain in effect all month with Ceres, dwarf planet and goddess of the solar system spending the whole month in retrograde motion in your romantic sector. Ceres, who returned in early February should be long gone, but instead her retrograde turn means she's staying on and while she'll leave early next month, she'll return in October to see in the rest of the year with you. Just days before Ceres is due to retrograde back out, a Full Moon in your romantic sector on the 31st July will bring romantic matters to a head, turning and/or tipping point, in what is not only a Lovers Moon but a Blue Moon, with the potential for some 'once in a Blue Moon' romantic developments.
While it has become the norm over recent years, ever since Uranus first returned to your romantic sector in 2003, to have planetary activity in your romantic sector all year, July is when this will always take a romantic turn and will do until dreamy Neptune leaves in 2026. Part of this pattern is that any major planet moving through your romantic sector will always spend from June to November in retrograde motion and over recent years there has been a real parade through. The current custodians of all things romantic are dreamy Neptune, here until 2026 and Chiron, planet of healing who is here until 2019. Having both turned retrograde last month and not due to turn direct until November, a sense of romantic nostalgia in the air is the norm for this time of year, with the doors not only open to second chances and making up for lost time, but to lay old ghosts to rest in a healing and cathartic way. What is not the norm is for anything to deepen that sense of romantic nostalgia, yet that's exactly what will happen on the 25th July when Venus, having only returned to a social and serendipitous part of your chart 6 days earlier, will turn retrograde, adding even more romantic nostalgia. What adds to a sense of romantic confidence that you will always feel at this time of year, or least this is what the love gods will be working towards, is that the Sun will always spend the first 3 weeks of July in an adventurous part of your chart and with Mars spending the whole month here and Mercury from the 9th July to the 24th July, there's a lot of extra support this year. This puts a sense of romance, adventure and nostalgia in the air all month and with things coming together professionally this will provide the perfect escape from time to time.
While July is a month that for the most part is the domain of romantic forces, along with their partnership with adventurous forces, there is a chance and a need in the early days of the month to keep the focus on your relationships. The spirit of romance is in safe hands and with a lot of support there is little urgency there and in fact, with Uranus turning retrograde in your romantic sector on the 26th July, the doors will even open to second chances. With ongoing romantic influences and the support from adventurous forces spanning out for several months there is little urgency, but every need for confidence. All the urgency is on the relationship front where in the early days of the month Mercury, planet of communication is staying behind in your relationship sector to tie up loose ends and most importantly to ensure the communication lines are open. This is a mission that Mercury, who returned on the 1st May for what should have been a 2 week visit, is taking seriously, with a lot having happened on his watch. Apart from a retrograde phase that brought a chance to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice and the fact that the Sun, Mars and Venus all moved through during his watch, leaving you with a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, it's the challenges you've faced that have been the most telling. For the first time in 28 years the planets returned to your relationship sector for your annual relationship review to find Saturn in opposition, getting relationship issues out in the open but also refusing to let you compromise your own truth. All this is behind you in Mercury's final days, but before leaving on the 9th July he's determined to ensure the communication lines are open and your relationships are on the path you want them to continue on.
The focus will always be on your relationships at this time of year, with the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of July in your relationship sector and this year what we have is a return to a normal pattern. Over the last few years there has been a huge amount of focus on your relationships and also your fair share of challenges, over and above the norm. However, those big challenges are behind you and with Venus, planet of love having already moved through and long since moved on, before the Sun even got here on the 22nd June you already had a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. While there will be some personal and/or relationship tensions this month, this is an inescapable reality, with those this month now scaled back to what is considered the 'norm', with the last two years well over and above that. The reason these tensions are inescapable is that since Pluto returned to Capricorn in 2008 and until he leaves in 2024 he's not only advocating for your own needs, but every planet moving through your relationship sector must move into opposition and you will always have a Full Moon at some point, bringing personal and/or relationship tensions to a head. This year these are spread out, relatively quick and bring short, sharp wakeup calls that will eventually benefit your relationships. The first, an opposition between Venus and Pluto happened last month, with a Full Moon on the 2nd July, the Sun's opposition on the 6th/7th July and Mercury and Mars' opposition on the 16th July the only times things will become heated. With Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos spending the whole of July in your relationship sector and support from communication forces, this is the most defining relationship month of the year. A New Moon on the 16th July will bring a chance to commit to your relationships, the future and the journey ahead.
While it's not unusual to move into July with Venus, planet of love in your relationship sector, having last been here this early in 2013 and before that in 2010. However, what is different this time is how long she's already been here, for in the last two instances she had only just returned, with what is happening this year part of a bigger pattern. Once every 8 years Venus will return to your relationship sector so early that she is forced to slow down, spending an extended period of time in supporting your relationships. However, once every 24 years that pattern coincides with lucky Jupiter's 12 year cycles and you have the two happening at the same time, which is what is happening this month. With Jupiter spending his last full month in your relationship sector before leaving on the 11th August, not to return until 2026, this was always going to be an important month for your relationships, but this is the month where everything is coming together. Venus will eventually leave your relationship sector on the 19th July but will retrograde back in on the 1st August, just 13 days later, this time not leaving until the 9th October, almost 2 months after Jupiter's departure. With the Sun returning to your relationship sector on the 23rd July, Mercury on the 24th July and Mars early next month, the relationship gods are pooling all their resources to not only establish what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, but to make this a reality. What is happening this month will define your relationship journey and especially your expectations over the coming months and years. Mercury's job, in his final days in your romantic sector until leaving on the 9th July, is to keep the spirit of romance alive, while giving your heart a voice.
There is a very ordered pattern to the annual cycle, with June and July always the most romantically charged months of any year and August/September when the focus shifts to your relationships. However, while the lines are often blurred, with the Sun sticking rigidly to the same routine year after year, this month they're so blurred they may as well not be there. The Sun will always spend the first 3 weeks of July in your romantic sector, but with Venus already been and gone your romantic desires and expectations have already been established and with Mars spending the whole month here, fuelling your romantic passions and fighting spirit, this makes this one of the most romantically charged months of the year. Even Mercury will move through your romantic sector from the 9th July to the 24th July, working with the other romantic forces to help give your heart a voice and to put heart and mind on the same page. It's while the Sun, Mercury and Mars are all in your romantic sector that a New Moon on the 16th July will provide an opportunity for new beginnings and commit to the spirit of romance. Yet by then the love gods will be in wrap up mode and once the Sun leaves on the 23rd July, Mercury on the 24th July and Mars early next month, all the romantic focus for the year will be over. Yet while relationship forces, which shouldn't have their turn until next month, are impatient and kick in early, they'll herald in something much more game changing. It happens dramatically and in one fell swoop when, on the 19th July Venus, planet of love returns to your relationship sector, followed by the Moon just an hour later. This is early in the year for Venus to return and in fact so early that she'll need to turn retrograde just 6 days later, with a retrograde turn on the 25th July resulting in her retrograding back out on the 1st August. You might wonder what that's all about, except that just 10 days later lucky Jupiter will return and with your luckiest and most expansive relationship years in decades kicking off on the 11th August, the real journey begins on the 19th July.